1. “Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo on the ’Divine Timing’ of Selma.” Variety’s Justin Chang interviews the director, actor, and producer.
“Striking a warm, down-to-earth tone as she rattles off historical names, dates and events with scholarly ease, DuVernay describes herself as having always been ’more of a Black Panthers/Malcolm X kind of girl,’ going back to her days growing up in Compton and pursuing African-American studies at UCLA. At the same time, she felt personally drawn to King and the Selma narrative (her father is from Montgomery and witnessed the marches), as well as the prospect of restoring something earthy and authentic to the civil rights movement, whose hallowed legacy, she felt, had been drained of much of its radicalism and vitality over the years. ’It’s so prestigious, and it’s so hard to touch and reach and feel,’ she explains. ’The heroism feels so elevated and unreachable, whereas the Panthers feel very grassroots.’”